My first halal feature for 2011. Thanks to a comment for Putri Berendam, I was instantly reminded that I still haven’t talked about the halal eateries I went to during my “south to south” trip. So first up is a restaurant called Baraka in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Though I came across several restaurants that are said to serve halal food when I did my pre-trip online research, Baraka is the only one that I am confident of the halal status. Other restaurants are more towards belly dancing clubs, which pretty much contradicts the Islamic way of life, hence I doubt if their food is really halal.
As for Baraka, just looking at their website was enough for me to be sure that the restaurant is serious about serving halal food. They have also made it clear that they do not serve alcohol at all. Check out their website here. Everything’s in Spanish though.
The restaurant is located at Gurruchaga 1450 in the affluent neighborhood of Palermo. It’s at the corner of a lane between Cabrera and Gorriti, to be exact.
The menu book.
Begin with the name of Allah.
Nice Islamic calligraphies.
We ordered a pitcher of lime juice and munched some bread while waiting for our food. I must tell you the bread (all different types of it) was really good!
Our starter: Tortilla española (Spanish omelet). Basically omelet filled with diced potatoes.
Fiza’s main course: Thai green chicken curry. Perhaps she missed home ;-)
My main course: Bife de chorizo, Argentinean signature steak dish. One can’t leave Argentina without sampling its quality beef!
A book shelf lined with religious books.
A nicely decorated wall.
Fiza and a corner of the restaurant in the background.
Me in front of a building opposite the restaurant, along a lane that joints with Gurruchaga. Love the cheerful paint job!
My verdict of Baraka? Great food. Nice ambiance. Credit card accepted. Cozy. Homely (applies to both the dishes and the restaurant’s setup). Love everything about it!
Here’s the place on Google map.
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We actually walked from Plaza Serrano to the restaurant, along which we stopped by several nice shops. Palermo is a safe neighborhood, so it’s totally fine to take a stroll there. I suggest you to do the same. Nothing beats discovering a new place on foot. Plus, it will build your appetite for the meal ahead!
Updated on 17/1/2014:
I received an email from a fellow traveler who went to the restaurant recently. He gave some useful insights (thank you Ebrahim!). Read his email below:
Just got back from South America and visited Baraka restaurant. Just thought to update you.
Not all the food is halal, you have to ask them which items on the menu are halal on that particular as they don’t get a regular supply of halal meat.
They do serve alcohol.